Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Late March - The Promise Of Sunshine

Perhaps it's the sunshine that has made me full of beans, but even on Sunday my head was full of things for my Tuesday spot, so I'd better get started.

New Treasures
Many of you may already be familiar with the work of Lisa Leonard Designs in Los Angeles. When our insurance claim for our burglary (finally) came through I wanted to replace some of my stolen jewellery and couldn't resist buying one of Lisa's necklaces.

It arrived on Saturday and since then I've only taken it off to go to bed. I love it. It feels like I've owned it forever.

What do you think?

Getting Ready For A Summer Of Culture
Some of you asked yesterday how I managed to get such cheap tickets for the ballet. I just looked at the English National Ballet website to see what the cheapest price was and discovered that they sell lots of £10 and £15 seats in the balcony for each performance. The seats aren't the most comfortable but if it was a choice between going or not going, I would definitely go for the cheaper option and let my bum suffer from the narrow seat.

Following my bit of culture on Saturday I've made a couple of bookings (while I still have some money to play with) for later on in the summer.
Mr P and I are going to see Carlos Acosta at the London Coliseum in July. It is the same show that he performed in London last year and it is meant to be amazing. It will be a great opportunity to see a master at work, he's supposed to be 'the' male dancer of his generation.

Also in July we are going to see Kate Rusby at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. I've loved Kate's folky music for a long time now and I think it will be the perfect thing for a balmy summer evening. Mr P and I have already decided to take a picnic to enjoy beforehand - last night we were thinking of all the nice things we can put in it. Yum!

(Me from We Are Here may want to skip this bit)

Snail Heaven
On Sunday afternoon Mr P and I ventured into the garden to do a bit of tidying up. It's the earliest in the year that we've made a start on preparing the garden for the warmer months.
Usually we leave it until mid-June, then grab a load of bedding plants to make it nicer to sit in.

But this year, through lack of disposable income, we've decided to make it a bit of an investment project and make sure that the plants we do buy will come back year after year and only buy bedding for a few pots.

I made a start on tidying up our strawberry plant container which is in an old Victorian chimney pot from Mr P's grandmother's house in Manchester. When we cleared out his parents house it travelled down to London with us in the back of our car.  As I took the container out of the chimney, I came across snail heaven. It must be the place where all the snails in our garden go to die because once they're in it, they can't get out.


(It's OK Me, you can come back now)

Up In The Morning Early
You'll be pleased to know that following my comment last week, I have started getting up early in the mornings. 7am to be precise. So far, I'm not finding it a problem. There is really nothing I can do to persuade myself it's a good idea other than not think about it and just shift myself.

It's nice to have a bit more time to get ready. Yesterday I took this picture of Fluffy Cat while I was pottering. It is nice to have to wake her up rather than her wake us up. It's certainly surprised her to be woken up for food!

She looks a little bit annoyed at such an early start
but at least she can go back to bed for the day!

Girl Power
Definitely not the Spice Girls, but I've been listening to a lot of female singers recently: Rumer, Paloma Faith, Ellie Goulding and have just discovered Imelda May. I just love her vintage yet modern style of music. It's just the right thing to get me bouncing around and I'm singing her tunes in my head all day. I had to go out and buy her albums so I could listen to her on the move rather than just on Spotify at home. If you like music with a 1940s jazz/rockabilly/blues feel, then this is definitely worth a listen to.

Pulling Myself Together
I'm back at Homemade London tonight for the first of a two-part curtain making course. Mum is joining me this time which will be fab. I'm really looking forward to seeing Nicola and her lovely team and getting some inspiration for the four pairs of curtains I need to make for our flat this year.

Goodness, that's a lot of stuff for so early in the week. I have a feeling that I might have to have an honorary Tuesday spot later in the week. I'm still brimming with things to tell you.

It's lovely to be so full of life,
I'm going to make the most of it while it lasts!


  1. Ahh! I couldn't help but read on a little (through my fingers), the thought being 'come along- you really must be braver!' I skimmed and I'm still here, but I need a cup of tea. Thank you for the warning!
    Beautiful necklace, and I'm so glad you're feeling bouncy.
    I'm so excited for your Kate Rusby concert! I've loved her a while too- she was on my CD that came with me to the maternity ward when I had Pickle Missy. She's playing at Cambridge Folk Festival this year too, which I'm hoping to go to. Yey :) xxx

  2. Thankyou for visiting my blog.
    You need to keep the "snail pit of doom" if you want your garden to survive their onslaught. I might see if I can build one as enticing.

  3. Such a happy post! It's nice to read something like this!
    The necklace is very cute, I'm not surprised you haven't taken it off!

  4. Wow, you really are bouncy! Lovely necklace and I've been enjoying Imalda May lately too. Poor snailies :(

  5. Would love to see Carlos Acosta - we published his book when I was working at HarperCollins. Poor little snails...
    And Ellie Goulding was in my sister's year at Uni but they didn't like each other because a guy played them off each other (they both thought they were his girlfriend and he was portraying the other as someone trying to hit on him and steal him away - bad guy). What time do you normally get up? 7am is luxury to me...try 6.10am! Enjoy the curtain making sounds fun!!!

  6. What a lot of lovely plans you have! Charming your necklace - so pretty. I will be anxious to see a post about your curtains when they are done.

  7. I love that necklace - anything with birds (or rabbits) on always gets my vote. S x

  8. I think you've sprung! Must be the sunshine - lovely.

  9. A promise of sunshine indeed! Lots and lots of it, by the sounds of your plans:) I love love love your necklace. I just found you after your comment today...thank you for visiting. Now a new place to peek at:) Have a great week!
    xo Jules

  10. I just realized this is all one post! ha! I love it! thanks for visiting my blog :)
    I hope to see a post later about your curtains, I'm hoping to get some made for our home this year too. after I learn how to sew, of course. have a lovely weekend!